Friends of Marymoor Park

July 22, 2015 Meeting Summary

-- see also the May, 2015  meeting summary

1) Introductions:   Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President, SODA representative; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon Society

2) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:

a) Birdloop - Trail asphalt replacement, and meadow/mound irrigation are in the 2015-16 capital budget.  Additional projects TBD.  For the asphalt trail, the Projects manager would like to get together again with Audubon to discuss exactly what should be done now versus what could be done when the whole boardwalk is rebuilt.  They have a new engineer, and they are considering an interim surface of crushed gravel.  Possible future idea would be to extend the boardwalk over much of what is now pavement.  There was broad support for a crushed gravel surface, at least for the interim.  Greg suggested that the meeting be held soon, or bypass a meeting entirely and get on with the project while the weather is good.

Heronry fencing will come down this weekend. Greg has suggested that the fencing be permanent, but Jim Trockel says the effort to put the fencing in and remove it is not very great.

b) Noxious Weeds - Thistle fall spraying will happen later in the East Meadow; in the meantime EAS can pull if possible.  Purple and Garden Loosestrife spraying has been conducted on some areas of the slough.  Annual willow trimming will be happening soon in the transition zone.

c) Community Gardens – So far, 648 community service hours for Food Bank garden.  300 lbs. ahead of last year in Food Bank donations.  MCGA is concerned that their water bill will be very high this year.  Full, and waiting list, but ADA beds are open.  Currently using ADA beds for Food Bank garden.  Have found that some of the ADA beds are poorly designed and dry out too quickly because there’s not enough soil.  MCGA requests that the split-rail fencing along Snag Row be repaired or removed, and also request additional portapotty service.  Would like a sandwich board to emphasize parking lot is for gardeners only.  They have had at least 15 incidents of vandalism and/or produce theft.  Poppy plants have all been pilfered.  Greg was interested in whether there is a correlation between concerts (and/or other events) and vandalism; if so, then maybe the event promoter might be approached about how to deal with this.

d) East Lake Sammamish Trail construction - The North Sammamish section of the trail has been paved and is opened.  This means you can go from Marymoor south to at least the Sammamish Landing Park.

e) Clise Mansion - meeting tomorrow with CIP to go over plans.  Have had good input from a long-term caterer.  Heat pump replacement may go forward replacing one each year (there are seven), rather than replacing them all at once.  But there may be a big county project to replace them; the Clise ones might fall under that project.

f) Parkour Course -  project discontinued; reducing the scope and expense of the course made it non-viable.

Next Meeting: August 25, 2015, at the Art Barn

These notes do not constitute an official record of the meeting.  They may have inaccuracies and omissions.  If anyone has any complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to Michael Hobbs at, and he will endeavor to correct them.


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